It’s only been a few weeks since the introduction of the top Land Rover Defender V8, but speculation about an even more powerful model is emerging.
This information was recently reported by the Australian magazine Carsales, which recently interviewed the head of the Jaguar Land Rover Special Vehicle Operations division, responsible for building exceptional sports cars under the Jaguar and Land Rover brands.
When asked why the Defender V8 did not receive the SV or SVX designation, Michael van der Sande replied that the car had not undergone such extensive technical changes as were expected from SV-marked models. But when Australian colleagues asked him if we could see an even sharper Defender, a very promising answer came.
Van der Sande recalled last year’s acquisition of Bowler, a company focused on building racing vehicles based on Defenders, and added that last year’s purchase of Bowler was very deliberate. And he added an interesting explanation.
According to him, the purchase of a Defender modification expert should help correct the low representation of the carmaker in the market of high-performance off-road vehicles. At the same time, the Mercedes-AMG G63 could be named the unnamed king of this segment, at least in Europe, while in the USA there might be a few brutally tuned Wranglers, etc.
However, it will be interesting to see what specific changes the even sharper Defender could offer. The current Defender V8, with an output of 386 kW and a torque of 625 Nm, is definitely not ashamed. Especially in connection with still very decent abilities off paved roads.
It is thus quite possible that further tuning will focus, for example, on design or off-road capabilities, while increasing performance will be given only marginal attention. Still, we wouldn’t be surprised if Bowler experts found a few more kW and Nm
However, before the arrival of the new most powerful model, we should look forward to expanding the range of body variants with version 130, which will offer an extended body with a third row of seats on the wheelbase of model 110. In the future, there is still speculation about the pick-up version, which should be feasible despite the self-supporting body.